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A Brief Guide to Brachioplasty

Brachioplasty, sometimes known as an arm lift or underarm surgery, is a procedure that tightens sagging, loose skin and removes fat deposits that develop over time. Here, potential patients can learn about the procedure and what it entails.

Candidacy for an Arm Lift

Patients must be in overall good health, with no serious pre-existing conditions. While most patients choose this procedure for its cosmetic effects, it’s important that they set their expectations at a realistic level. A patient considering this surgery should know that scarring may be significant, but they should also realize that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages in most cases. Patients may not be good candidates for this type of plastic surgery if they smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke.

How It’s Done

First, a patient sits or stands while the area is marked. The extra skin is then removed, typically in a triangular or oval shape. While some fat is left behind to protect arteries and nerves, liposuction is sometimes done to offer a smoother result. After these materials are removed, the incision is closed and a drain may be installed.

Planning for the Procedure

First, patients should schedule a consultation with a surgeon. At that time, patients get an opportunity to discuss their goals and desired results, and the surgeon will tell the patient what to expect. Everyone is different, and a surgeon can recommend the right techniques for each person while discussing the procedure’s risks and benefits.

Getting Ready

Patients are given instructions on pre-surgical preparation, including guidelines on diet, smoking and taking supplements and medications. A patient should arrange to be driven home after the surgery, and they may ask a friend or family member to help them out for a couple of days following the procedure.

After Brachioplasty Procedure

The surgeon will also provide information on self-care after Brachioplasty, and it’s important for patients to follow these instructions precisely. When patients take care of themselves well, they’ll heal faster and see their desired results sooner. Furthermore, patients should go to all follow-up appointments so the surgeon can assess the results and answer any questions that may arise.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.